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. and for the very latest on the investigation, we're joined now by nbc news justice correspondent pete williams from washington. so, pete, the very latest on the pressure cooker scenario that you're hearing? >> right. as you say, used for decades in terms of building bombs, so that's not going to be an area of inquiry that will immediately lead them in a certain direction, because the instructions, unfortunately, for making these devices are all over internet. just last month, the al qaeda online magazine "inspire" repeated an article that showed how to build pressure cooker bombs. so they've been out there for a long time. the part, the components of this device appear not to be very fancy. in addition to that, there were shrapnel, ball bearings, bbs, from the sound of the doctors you heard at the beginning of your program, apparently nails as well. and then for the explosive basically gun powder, smokeless powder that's commonly available in sporting goods stores. so all these pieces are easily available. some kind of timer as well. then placed in black sacks and put in two different spots. so wha
that was used. well, nbc news reported that the bomb's triggering mechanism was fairly sophisticated. it included a battery pack and circuit board, both of which were recovered at the scene. there's no indication at this time of any connection to overseas groups. meanwhile, a devastated defeat in washington for gun safety advocates this afternoon. the u.s. senate has voted down the compromised deal on extended background checks put forth by joe manchin and pat toomey. the vote was 54 for, 46 against. it takes 60 votes to get a bill passed. president obama was joined afterwards by gabby giffords and families of newtown victims and delivered one passionate reaction to today's vote which roughly 40% of the american people believe in something, the senate failed to respond. >> all in all, this was a pretty shameful day for washington. but this effort is not over. >> 90% of the american people support extended background checks and they couldn't get it passed in the representative u.s. senate. >>> let's again with the latest on the investigation up in boston into those bombings. nbc analy
. reporting live in san francisco, i'm jodi hernandez, nbc bay area news. >>> with the nation on high alert a suspicious package disrupted the commenting of the anniversary. somebody left a canvas bag on the sidewalk, crowds gathered to mark the anniversary. with the access blocked, the crowd walked to union square and held the ceremony there. >> obviously, the suspicious package, in light of what happened in boston, erring on the side of caution as we always do the area was shut down. >> turns out the bag was harmless and contained only clothes and papers. after the streets reopened participants placed the wreath back at the fountain. >>> and coming up at 6:30, we'll go live to boston with our own terry mcsweeney and how they are investigating. >>> and audrie potts, who is the teen who committed suicide after being sexually assaulted. tonight, the family's attorney is responding, nbc bay area has more on the accused teenagers waiting for their fate. >> reporter: well, sources say the teens are still here behind me at juvenile hall, waiting to see if the judge will let them go home on house
the new leads and joining the fvgz former white house counter terrorism official, an nbc analyst. it is good to have you here. i think you can hear what the mom is saying and also what friends are saying. i want to start with you because we have homeland security secretary janet napolitano speaking about the investigation at a hearing on immigration. i want to play that for everybody. >> dhs continues to support the on going investigation working closely with the fbi, our federal and our state and local partners. we will learn lessons from this attack just as we have from past instances of terrorism and violent extremism. we will apply those. we will emerge even stronger. >> so let's talk specifically about the possibility of more charges that could be coming against tsarnaev when he is formally indicted. how will that work? >> this is a state crime. it is the murder of the mit police officer. it was conspicuous that this brutal crime that was not in the criminal complaint we saw yesterday. we had heard just before the carjacking that the tsarnaev brothers had killed this mit pol
in place, that was not the issue there today. we do want to take you to a nbc special in new york city, bringing us the latest from boston. >> welcome in the rest of the nbc network. >> this is an nbc news special report, here is brian williams. >>. >> we welcome our viewers who have just joining us at 7:07 p.m. on the east coast, one hour ago, public safety officials starting with the governor of the common wealth of massachusetts, governor patrick, said to the million or so people who on have been under orders to stay in doors all day, that in their view because of information he they had regarding the investigation, it was okay to come out. while no one expected the population to come streaming out of their homes, the ban was lifted and no more than 30 minutes after that announcement came first reports gunfire again. it's the younger brother who has been on the loose all day and considered very simply the most wanted, most sought after man in the nation tonight. carrie sanders moved to watertown last night, following the initial crime at m.i.t., the murder of a police officer, the s
up. as a possible host for "the view." >> you know we had to ask, we are nbc news. >> listen, there's time. no, i have hosted many times and i've hosted recently and they just keep asking me back to host. there's been no formal offers, there's been no offers. it's really been -- i swear, i swear. you know i'll call you. >> oh. >> i'll call you. they haven't asked. >> do talk about the fact that in one of the interviews i just was reading this morning that your favorite thing in all the world, even though you love broadway and are always welcome back on broadway, is you love the sitcom arena, don't you? >> it was the first place that i just sort of unleashed in this way. >> a comedienne. >> i felt like it's a real hybrid between cinema and stage. there's an audience, you're forced to think on your feet. >> they change jokes. it's fun and it's happy. >> it's a nice way to spend your day. >> what's your big announcement? do you have a big announcement? >> i'm making my directorial debut. >> does calvin klein know this? >> i'm not coming out with a jeans commercial. i've been asked to d
trujillo, nbc bay area news. >>> a fluid situation in gilroy at this moment. just minutes ago a man who claimed to have a bomb and other weapons surrendered to police after an all-day standoff. a two-block area in northeast gilroy surrounding the cypress point apartments remain closed. the county bomb squad was setting up a bomb disposal robot and moving it toward one of the buildings. neighbors say the man causing the disturbance had been evicted and his power had been turned off a week. the man only came out of the apartment when he saw police approach with tear gas canisters. police are searching the apartment to determine if there are any bombs or any weapons. >>> and our bay area warming trend has arrived. we did see temperatures climbing close to 80 in south san jose right now. it looks like a summertime microclimate pattern with 60s in san francisco, upper 70s around san jose. if you thought today felt warm, just wait until you see where the seven-day forecast is headed. we're talking some upper 80s. we'll let you know when they will arrive coming up. >>> and one girl on a missio
. sources tell nbc news that the triggering mechanism appears to have had a battery pack and circuit board, elements of a sophisticated system. both elements were recovered at the scene. joining me now is congressman ed markey from massachusetts. one of the people killed, krystle campbell is from your district? >> yes, she is. that is a good indication this goes beyond the city of boston. >> it does. >> this is all of massachusetts. there are tens of thousands of runners but there's a million people watching the marathon. as a result, every single family knows someone who was here yesterday. this is a very special day each year for the whole state. krystle campbell from medford is somebody that is part of the larger massachusetts family. they were all grieving. >> everywhere you go today, you see the faces of sadness. there's not a place where you can look where you don't see people who are feeling this. >> no. this is -- this is something that hit us just 12 years ago. >> the planes originated from here. >> they hijacked two planes with 150 people on those two planes that flew into the wo
decades for the fbi to locate and arrest the unabomber, ted kaczynski. within the last hour nbc news has confirmed a letter bomb -- not a letter. i should say a letter that tested positive for ricin or some other toxic substance was addressed to senator roger wicker of mississippi. it was intercepted before reaching the senator's office. let's begin this hour with nbc justice correspondent pete williams and former cia counterterrorism director larry johnson. two best guests we could have. pete, let's go back to that picture we just saw from whdh up there, boston affiliate of nbc. what are the experts making of the fact that it was there, that bag, whatever it is sitting there before the explosion and then in this picture taken afterwards you can see the smoke trailing up to the left there diagonally? what does that tell us? >> it tells us it's something they're investigating, chris. they know, they believe very strongly that the bombs were brought to the scene in backpacks. but i think it's fair to say they're looking at whether after they got there, they put them in these shopping bags.
the minute they vote. this is what we estimate here at nbc news. it will fall at least four to five votes short and it could lose more as democrats decide it's too great of a risk if it's not going to pass. attempts to make adjustments for rural states did not attract more support and will drop. that person hopes to take the votes on the assault weapons ban and high capacity ammunition first to make them an easier sdpep that will not happen. the expected failure will be there despite appeals. gabby giffords and democrats yesterday showing brought support. it will be despite the fact that this morning democrats remain optimistic. >> i think there is significant momentum. you should have heard our caucus today. it was as moving as any i have been to. we got the votes and certainly we only have the wind at our back. >> the background check compromise fails and it has become the gun related primary. they released an online ad pegged to the vote in attacking the president in new york mayor michael bloomberg. they are expected to unveil a substitute amendment to ban legislation that preserves t
backpacks or duffel bags. nbc news confirmed investigators are seeking at least one person who was seen on security video from a department store near the finish line. nbc reporting tonight that the man was seen leaving the bag that he was carrying near the site of the second explosion. among the evidence they are considering is this photo from nbc's boston affiliate whdh. you can see the spot shadow there. the photo appears to show a bag sitting on the curb and after the explosions, the bag is gone. any number of things could explain why the bag is gone. is this a clue, is this a signal, or is this noise? we do not yet know. investigators are beginning to piece together crucial information about the bombs themselves. metal containers and in one instance a pressure cooker stuffed with bits of metal intended to become scraps of metal. they found a lid of a pressure cooker on the roof from the blast. today, a report that new information is available about what was used to ignite the bomb. they say it was the kind of battery that you typically find in little remote-controlled cars made in
, texas. our nbc news, gabe gutierrez on the ground there. gabe, you just got to the scene. tell us about what you're seeing and hearing. >> reporter: we're at a media staging area right off i-35. you mentioned near waco and west. this is a town that's devastated. more than 100 injuries. that's according to the texas department of public safety. other estimates put that number at much more, as we've been reporting. there are confirmed fatalities. we don't know how many yet. hundreds of emergency personnel responded. the town volunteer firefighters responded to a call at the fertilizer plant. and the town mayor was among those who responded. he was calling to evacuate the area around the plant. the blast followed about 15 minutes later or so. the mayor says five or six volunteer firefighters were at the plant fire when the explosion happened. not all of them have been accounted for. he said. now, a search for survivors has continued throughout the night, as emergency workers have gone hon-to-house. several dozen people were rushed to hospitals in waco. others flown to hospitals in dallas.
marathon bombing, i want to kbri in nbc news chief white house correspondent and political director. chuck todd, chuck, i thought it was a very moving, moving speech from the president and very personal. coming at a very particularly difficult time. look at the nation reeling from a tragedy and the uncertainty from what happened in and around bost thn week. >> alex, think about what the president has had to deal with in the last 24 hours, both politically, in his own political fights. we heard yesterday in the range of emotions that the president has been dealing with. where he was obviously upset and angry about the gun vote. on his way to boston to deliver that speech, he's getting bring briefed about what happened in west texas. a reminder that this job isn't made for everyone. but the speech itself when you think about how important it is for the city of boston, his speech -- every speech was more moving than the next. i thought deval patrick was outstanding and the president really gave the type of thing that i think people wanted to hear. feel the healing. for a lot of bostonians, wa
is michael isikoff from nbc news. >> good to be with you. >> you heard the fbi press conference. what is your reaction? what did we learn and what do you take away from it? >> well, we learned a lot and it was a pretty dramatic press conference. first and foremost, we have the pictures. we have video. the public can watch it on their own. these people have been clearly identified as suspects by the fbi. we did not know before this press conference how the fbi was going to categorize -- characterize these people, whether they were just persons of interests, potential witnesses. but mr. deslauriers clearly said suspects, armed and dangerous. we reported last night the photos of the individual with the white cap had been distributed to other law enforcement agencies. >> right. >> the purpose was to see if they had anything on this guy, if they had any information about who he is. the fact that they went public today, that they showed it to the public, is an indication that they most likely did not because we still do not have an identity of who these people are and that's a very big -- very big
. >>> coming up next, the fbi tells nbc news they are already getting phone calls and information from people who think they know the bombing suspects. that's next. and the nra makes this country less safe in more ways than you realize. we will show you how the nra has weakened the investigative tools in bombing investigations. >>> and later, we'll have more of what the president had to say in the cathedral in boston today. the humble back seat. we believe it can be the most valuable real estate on earth. ♪ that's why we designed our newest subaru from the back seat forward. introducing the all-new, completely restyled subaru forester. love. it's what makes a subaru, a subaru. ♪ i don't wanna be right [ record scratch ] what?! it's not bad for you. it just tastes that way. [ female announcer ] honey nut cheerios cereal -- heart-healthy, whole grain oats. >>> once again, these are the men the fbi is asking you to help find. the fbi says they are armed and dangerous, and says they are suspects in the boston bombing investigation. if you think you see anything here, any way that you can help
of boston. very disturbing. but here is something even provocative, former nbc news anchor tom broekhoff apparently putting some of the motivation for the boston bombings on his own country. >> i think we also have to examine the use of drones. the united states is involved in and there are a lot of civilians who are innocently killed in a drone attack in pakistan and afghanistan and in iraq and i can tell you having spent a lot of time over there, young people will come up to me on the streets and say we love america, but if you harm one hair on the head of my sister, i will fight you forever. and there is this enormous rage against what they see in that part of the world as a presumption -- >> bill: let me get this straight, tom. we shouldn't use drones to attack al qaeda leadership or taliban terrorists hiding in the mountains of pakistan? we shouldn't do that? so how exactly would you fight the war against terrorism, tom? do you want to invade pakistan? is that what you want to do? or, do you want to sit back and let terrorists hatch their plots and watch americans die at home and on
community. >> michael: the suspect mother went even further telling nbc news there was simply no way that her children committed the horrible crime. she spoke to reporters. >> what has happened is a terrible thing, but i know that my kids have nothing to do with this. i know it. i am mother. i have--you know, i know my kids. i know my kids. really my kids would never get involved in anything like that. >> michael: nbc reports she was very close to tamerlan and she was actually the one who encouraged him to become more religious. she said she spoke to him thursday night. he told her that police were chasing him and shooting. she spoke of a trip that they made in 2012 to southern russia that has seen low level muslim insurgencyies since 2007. tamerlan made daily trips to a local mosque that had surveillance. it was then that russia alerted the u.s. about his possible extremist ties. even though the fbi had begun investigating him based on that russian tip he was still allowed to fly back to dagastan because of misspelling opposite his travel documents. theyjanet napolitano was asked wh
people have written a letter to cbs, abc, and nbc news chief saying why aren't you covering this story? we are going to have the congresswoman on to signed that letter tomorrow. all right, ladies, thanks very much as always. jon stewart going after cnn over its terror bomb coverage. that report moments away. with hotwire's low prices, we can afford to take an extra trip this year. first boston... then san francisco. hotwire checks the competitions' rates every day so they can guarantee their low prices. so our hotels were half price. ♪ h-o-t-w-i-r-e... ♪ hotwire.com >> bill: back ever the book segment tonight, our pal jon stewart really pounding cnn over its terror bombing coverage. >> while all the other networks chose to have what you call it their anchor in the studio that kept the chaotic coverage from going to drift. cnn went with more of your san lock football. [ laughter ] everyone go long. forcing their reporters to let the control room open for on camera pass. >> guys, you got to come to us. listen, okay. >> a huge caravan. jake, jake, john. >> estimated coverage just kept
on their fines, they could use the right to be in the u.s. according to nbc news, the bill would allocate $4.5 billion for increased militarization and fencing along the u.s.-mexican border and demand an enhanced version of the controversial e- verify system to prevent undocumented immigrants from working. venezuelan opposition candidate capriles is continuing to challenge the results of his presidential race against nicolÁs maduro, the chosen successor of late president hugo chÁvez. 51% of the-- won vote compared to 49% for capriles. on monday, then as well as the electoral council certified maduro's victory. a spokesperson for the a state department had supported a recount, calling it an important, prudent and necessary step to ensure that all venezuelans have confidence in these results. on monday, capriles complained defeatedimed he maduro. >> the fight here is not between the people. the fight here is between the people versus an illegitimate government. wee story is president -- believe we won the elections. the other of a pro camp believes they won the elections as well. everyone of
that everybody is out here helping. >> reporter: law enforcement officials tell nbc news they believe both bombs were hidden in the backpacks like this one on the street. discarded like personal property. they believe the bombs were triggered by a device, like a cell phone. killing three, like 8-year-old martin richard. the people on the streets hope they find the bomber. >> the worst thing, we couldn't find out who did it. that would just say they could get away with this. >> reporter: now people continue to walk around the perimeter, many snapping photos on their cell phones. and police want people who snapped photos yesterday during the race capturing images. if you notice anything suspicious they would like you to share that with the boston police department. live here in boston, i'm shomari stone. >>> all right, the flags are at half staff to honor the victims of the bombing. the flag will remain lowered until april 20th out of respect. and the president will go to boston on thursday, speaking at a service dedicated to those killed or gravely wounded in the bombings. earlier today, the pres
healthcare. >>> it is coming up on 10:00 in the morning and we have breaking news to tell you about. nbc news has confirmed senator matt baucus has decided not to run for reelection. this is significant. he voted against background checks but he has an a plus rating. there are adds run against him in advance of 2014. and so we are also looking at the gun control issue in the context of what is going on in boston. so let's start there with the latest. today members of congress are going to learn more about what the fbi knew about the tsarnaev brothers. tamerlan is dead now. dzhokhar tsarnaev accused of using weapons of mass destruction. today the senate intelligence committee. >> there is no way we are going to rest until we see the information at our disposal. >> congressman william ketoing says he is traveling to moscow to get answers. congressman king and mike mccaul waiting. senator lindsey graham blamed a misspelling for the disconnect on dzhokhar tsarnaev's trip to russia. >> i think they did a good job of looking at him. the reason we didn't know he went to russia is because the name was misspelled.
are suggesting to nbc news that a lot of that is background noise. it might be people who are just being opportunistic. so we will see what happens. we're still several hours away from the next press briefing at 9:30 eastern time where we'll hear more from the fbi, what they found overnight and we should point out that authorities were at an apartment building in revere, massachusetts, about 20 miles away from here. we do not know what relation, if any, there was to the incident but it was a federal search warrant reportedly that was carried out. guys. >> do we know in terms of the law enforcement investigation, there's been various reports of different -- either suspects or questioning. how many people have been questioned thus far? are we talking about one or two people that they're actually paying attention to or is it much broader than that? >> they have not said that and they have been very careful not to say that. there are a lot of reports floating around in the immediate after malignant, as you might expect, in an event like this. and the authorities said yesterday at the press b
-year-old suspect still listed in serious condition. nbc news confirmed that the suspect was wounded in the throat, and at this point he cannot speak. meanwhile, people gathered today at a makeshift memorial at the marathon finish line. the governor of boston and the mayor calling for a moment of silent tomorrow afternoon at 2:58 p.m., the time of the blast. this aerial infrared footage showed how they were able to locate the suspect hiding out in a boat stored in a watertown backyard. that's not the picture of the infrared footage but we'll show it to you later. 15 people still being treated at the boston hospital, three critical including one of them a 7-year-old girl. and at any moment, nbc's national correspondent michael isikoff is standing by in boston. mike, what's the word at this point on where they are in the process of filing this formal charge? is it still going to happen today? >> reporter: the word is they're very close. they are hoping to do it by late afternoon, perhaps by 5:30, 6:00. now, word of caution. they've said, set some tentative deadlines before. we thought
emergency workers from searching the rubble. david scott, nbc news, west, texas. >> still a lot of unanswered questions, but we will continue to bring you the story and bring you live updates from texas throughout the show. right now, why don't we get to the latest on that investigation into boston. >> let's get to that investigation into the boston marathon bombing. a suspect has been spotted on security video taken before the two blasts, but no arrest has been made. cnbc's senior correspondent skoet cohen is live in boston. i has the latest for us. good morning, scott. >> good morning, andrew. let me correct you, it is not necessarily a suspect that authorities are talking about, but it is certainly somebody that they want to talk to. on the south end of boston at the cathedral of the holy cross, people are lining up for an interface memorial service that will begin five hours from now at 11:00 eastern time, featuring president obama. massachusetts governor and the boston mayor as well as yoyo ma, and mitt romney, long time boston resident will be in attendance. meantime, all
the case eligible for the death penalty. live in san francisco, monte francis, nbc bay area news. >> monte, thank you. >>> the bombing suspect is being held and treated in the same hospital as some of the victims. more than 180 people were hurt in the explosions, and some are still in critical condition tonight. their stories continue to trickle out. liz norden's to sons each lost a leg in the explosions. >> i'm numb now. it was a nightmare. it's running between two hospitals, each of them as sick as they are, as hurt as they are. i couldn't be in both places at both times. it's a nightmare. >> norden says she is grateful her sons is alive, and today one of them, 31-year-old paul, opened his eyes for the first time since the explosion. >>> thousands of people in wilmington, massachusetts and officers from around that state lined the streets to honor m.i.t. police officer sean collier today. investigators say he was shot and killed thursday night by the bombing suspects. the hearst carrying his body passed through his hometown on the way to a park where a vigil was held this evening. and to
the system did record his trip. >> nbc news pete williams, as this develops, i'm sure we'll be coming back to you for more, thanks for joining us today. >>> also joining the panel now is bbc world news america africaor, katty kay. one of the first investigation questions we're seeing, perhaps not surprisingly because we live and work in a particularly heated partisan times is whether or not there were failures in terms of the fbi gathering intelligence, given the fact that this guy was kind of already on the radar and flagged by the russian government. >> we saw this after 9/11 and we're going to see it again. what did they know, what should they have known before he went to russia and after he came back. quiet has to be asked and it will be asked and eventually it will be answered. you also have the investigation itself. they have to still lock down this case against this young man. he's presumed innocent in this country. and you have to be careful even using the, the imminent threat exemption here. any evidence they get from him without the miranda could be thrown out in court and could
the hall of justice in san jose, bob redell, nbc bay area news. >> bob, thanks a lot. in san lorenzo, police figuring out how a woman died in her own driveway. the woman was in her 50s and found early sunday morning lying in a pool of blood just outside of her home near east 14th street. a machine that lives a few doors down tells us that area is regularly patrolled by security. the sheriff's department says the coroner must now determine whether the woman was a victim of a crime. >>> oakland police right now investigating a mugging and shooting in upscale rock ridge neighborhood, an area not known for violent crime. saturday night, a couple was walking on manila avenue when somebody tried to rob them at gunpoint. police say the suspect shot the man in the shoulder and took off with belongings. councilmember cobb said he lives two blocks from that and the message here is no neighborhood is immune to violent crime. >> what people want and have the right to have is more police on the streets. they have to know when crime does happen, it's going to be investigated. >> the vehicle is exp
blows today on background checks. joe manchin tells nbc news he doesn't have the votes. >> we have over 90% of the senate democrats that will vote affirmative. if we just had 20% of our republican colleagues, that's not a heavy ask, not a heavy lift. in west virginia, gun show background and criminal checks for gun shows, 83% of west virginiaens support it in one of toughest gun culture in the country. 86% across the board. >>> but they can't get to 60. good day on "andrea mitchell reports" in washington. as the fbi is learning more about the bombs used, capitol hill is now on alert. suspicious letters are being tested. they're targeting senators, and we have learned president obama as well. we should calling there's always the possibility of fats positives in the initial screening machines. joining me -- pete, first to you, what are we learning about these letters and the possibility of ricin? >> the possibility is the word, andrea. sent from a single person in mississippi, authorities believe they know who has done this. they've questioned that -- and they're waiting to see what the r
from now in the months to come all over again. in washington, nbc news national security analyst and former director of the national counterterrorism center michael lighter joins us. we want to be careful about trying to figure out where this came from until there's good evidence that the fbi decides to release. but security at marathons. may en, how -- this is ridiculous. you've got tens of thousands of people lining a street looking forward, what do we expect? >> right. well, first of all, i really would echo joe and mike barnicle's views about it is so early in this investigation and i think it's incredibly important to be cautious about who did this and how we adjust in the future. but as you noted, these sorts of large public gatherings, these have always been viewed as potential targets. and we can do a lot to make these events safer. and boston -- cities like boston and new york have. it starts with collecting the intelligence. so you try to detect these things before they occur. you do have a significant police presence that boston obviously had. all of these things add u
. >> much more ahead on "nbc nightly news". -- >> bring out the best in others, the ones they seek to harm. >> right, there's still discussion obviously whether this was international terrorism or domestic terrorism. do you have a feeling on that? >> i this i this is one of those things you have to wait to play out. often there is a claim of responsibility quickly which we haven't seen yet. that could mean nothing. they say in those bombs they had bebes and ball bearings and i guess they asked one of the terrorism experts. as lester just the fbi special agent in charge they're processing live digital evidence right now. that is a priority. why the officials who spoke at that press conference, already they received tips, they're getting an awful lot of feedback from the general public as to what may have happened behind us yesterday afternoon. lester, we arrived here in the early evening hours. you have been covering this story from your point of view. >> the skriem scene area has been reduced down to five blocks. belongings left over from runners. they're looking for particles of the bombs
't be sure that bag contained a bomb, federal officials tell nbc news that is the spot where the second bomb went off. former atf bomb investigator jim cavanaugh says it's obvious. >> large injuries were on the side of it, debris field to the left. some protected areas over on the right side that indicate the blast was to the one side of the trash receptacle. this was the scene of the blast. >> the fbi is considering publicly showing the pictures of the men they're looking for, and may do so later at a news conference today. >> pete, thank you very much. >>> drenching rain overnight in chicago. al? >> there are states of emergency throughout much of northern illinois into central illinois, because of the flooding they've gotten, the dan ryan expressway. it's a real mess there. chicago o'hare airport picking up over 4 inches of rain in the last 3 hours. in fact, airport reporting the terminal has actually had water on the floor. it's been flooding in there. still more heavy rain making its way through chicago today. it's going to continue to come down. we have flawed flood warnings much throu
what he is communicating also to them. nbc news justice correspondent, pete williams is on the beat. joining me now from the news room. what do we know from all of the filings about what he is telling the interrogators and the way he is communicating and what his motivations were? >> well the court filings don't disclose anything about what he's saying although we are now told that his condition is improving. he went to the hospital in serious, but stable condition. and today authorities say he has improved to fair condition. so he is getting better. the transcript of the hearing indicated that he nodded most of his answers, except one when he was asked if he could afford a lawyer, when he spoke the word no. but obviously not very loudly. because the judge had to make sure that that's in fact what he said. but andrea, what we're told is that he was cooperative during the first phase of this questioning. that he said that he and his brother thought this up on their own. that they were not under the direction or control or in any way in touch with terrorists overseas. that they got th
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attack in boston continues here on news 4 and on nbc nightly news with brian williams at 7:00. >>> and runners from our area, home and describing the chaos they witnessed. one man was directly across the street. mark segraves has more. >> reporter: well, that is right, for john walls and his family, the boston marathon is an annual tradition. his wife has run it 17 times. he has run it three times and this was going to be their daughter's first boston marathon. he was in the grandstands waiting for them to come across the finish line. when the bomb went off he had his video camera rolling. >> oh, no, get out of the stands, get out of the stands. >> when the second one went off, i thought god, you know, we're going to die here. >> reporter: john walls, along with his wife and daughter returned to the arms of their family today at reagan international. the former journalist says yesterday was like nothing he has ever seen. >> the police are screaming, directing you, telling you leave, leave, leave. >> reporter: as he and his family tried to escape the blast area, walls videot
an innocent bystander. >> let's get to michael lighter, nbc news terrorism expert. good morning to you. the key question everyone is waking up with is what is your gut? does this bear the hallmarks of some domestic terrorism or do you suspect it may be an act of international terrorism? >> i know it's not very satisfying but from my experience at the national counterterrorism center, you don't follow your gut. what you actually do is very methodically collect these pieces of evidence, it's the forensic evidence, it's the videotape, it's reporting from the cia and fbi and sources and putting that together. my gut is the person who did this has some connection to boston because they so effectively picked the iconic symbol of patriots day and the finish of the boston marathon. i also don't think we have enough information to point in domestic or international terrorism. you have to be careful speculating what it might be. >> on the one hand you have crude devices and on the other hand a coordinated attack. you can look at points on either side of this. >> although the devices weren't as l
now with the latest on that investigation, nbc news justice correspondent, pete williams. >> lawrence, good evening. investigators know this attack involved two bombs. what they don't know is whether there were other explosives involved. at least five other packages found on the street were deemed to be suspicious and destroyed by boston police and bomb squad techs. there were many packages to check. people dropped what they were carrying and ran away. we have heard conflicting accounts about whether there were unexploded bombs. some say two other packages were found that contained forms of explosiv explosives, others say there were just the two bombs. that remains unclear. several officials say the bombs that did go off included shrapnel that multiplied the injuries, b.b.s and ball bearingings. they are looking at surveillance video to see if they can see anyone placing packages at the points where the bombs went off. they described them with crude and less explosive power. they stressed tonight there is no suspect in custody, but they are talking to a 20-year-old saudi man here on a
consisted of just two bombs. nbc news has learned there were no other unexplode devices. at least five suspicious packages were destroyed and dozens had to be checked. in terms of suspects, right now there is no one in custody. however, police did interview a saudi man that was hospitalized with burns. they also searched his home in the boston suburb of revere and were seen removing items in bag. two men were being searched for. at this point it is not clear if the attack ornl natuiginated ov or domestically and there's been no credible claims of responsibility. today law enforcement sealed off the site of the explosions, an area stretching a mile long and about three blocks wide. streets are closed and the copley subway station is shut down. nobody is allowed into the area while the crime scene is active. >> that area is not going to be accessible for normal traffic. there are people in hotels, people who live there who have to work out how they get to and from where they need to be. but otherwise, i think it is fair to say that area is pretty much going to be locked down. >>> now for
and the investigation into what happened. we begin with that. and nbc news justice correspondent pete williams. pete, what do officials know? what are they saying? >> well, consider this interesting fact. i just talked to a person who has done a lot of bomb investigations who says that under normal conditions, it is possible to gather up 93 to 98% of the bomb devices themselves. even though they will be in little pieces and will be all bent up. most of the bombs will not be consumed by the explosion. so they're optimistic that they will have within a fairly short time here, it may take a couple of days, a pretty good idea of exactly how these devices were made. and already they say they have a rough idea of what components were used to make the bombs. unfortunately, these are very common methods. there is nothing that really stands out. they say that the pieces were assembled in a pressure cooker. that there were ball bearings and bbs inside. some kind of gunpowder used as the explosive within a timer to set it off. and placed on the scene in some sort of black sacks. whether they're backpacks or no
, as the story continues to unfold. >> many thanks, hampton pearson from washington, d.c. with us tonight is nbc news terrorism expert and former director of the national counterterrorism center, that being michael lighter. also with us, the former director of terrorism studies at the u.s. military academy, associate professor james forest of u-mass lowell. and with me as co host, heather higgins, president and ceo of independent women's voice. mr. michael lighter, let me go back to the characteristics of the bomb, pressure cooker, kitchen timing device. ball bearings, bee-bees, nails, shrapnel. does this have the markings of a taliban attack, a pakistani, afghanistan attack, or am i mistaken? >> well, it is a very similar bomb structure that was used in times square in 2010. but i actually don't think that's the right thing to conclude right now. that's not the standard sort of explosives that the taliban has used in the past. and the pakistani taliban in this case has already denied responsibility for it. something -- i think they wouldn't have done had they ton it. so this helps give us some
, there are the fragments that they've picked up of the explosive devices, and we know now, according to nbc news sources, that the authorities have been canvassing hobby shops in the area, because of the electronic components that they found in those bombs. nonetheless, though, homeland security secretary janet napolitano testifying on capitol hill today, cautioned us all not to get ahead of ourselves. >> the investigation is proceeding apace, and it just, you know, this is not an "ncis" episode. sometimes you have to take time to properly, you know, put the chain together to identify the perpetrators. >> reporter: clearly, though, they've made a lot of progress. this city is trying to make a lot of progress in healing itself, healing our city was the theme of all of the may recall events today. president and mrs. obama both here today. the president meeting with volunteers, president and mrs. obama meeting with families of victim -- family of victim krystle campbell and also of people who survived the blast. earlier at the cathedral of the holy cross, an interfaith service that featured clergy from var
reporting affirmatively no arrests had been made. >> cbs news. >> and nbc news. >> bill: no, no, no, that's not true. i was watching the other stupid nbc arm m bsz. >> no, no. pete williams who is the doj reporter over there. >> bill: that's the network. but their other arm was conflicting with them. cbs had it right. i'm not giving anybody else any credit. >> i jumped on the air as soon as i seen the conflicting reports which is 10 minutes after we had said we are being told by the.com property that the law enforcement officers say arrest. here is the situation. now there is conflicting reports now the >> bill: people i think people understand. >> people were very standing. >> you didn't get nasty emails did you. >> most part people said thank you for being transparent. >> it's cable news. part of the reason why people tune in they can be part of the process. you hold sort of the curtain open and let them see it. i was very honest about this is what we are being told. >> bill: this is not the first thing this has happened. all the time on the breaks information. you get erroneous informa
on this developing situation and for more news and information at this time we are joined by nbc news's kerry sanders live on the phone from boston. kerry, can you tell me what you're hearing and seeing on the ground there. >> reporter: sorry. sort of breaking up. can you hear me? this is kerry sanders. >> you're live on the air. go ahead. >> okay. great. as you can hear, there are lots of sirens coming through. these are more emergency vehicles coming in. not police vehicles. i've just come from somehow i wound up on the other side of the police line and i was right up against where the officers have gathered. and there are countless number of officers who have moved -- >> seems we may have lost nbc's kerry sanders live on the scene there in boston. we will continue covering this developing situation. please stay with msnbc for the latest on this developing story. an officer shot and killed at m.i.t. in boston. now back to the "rachel maddow show." >>> what seems to represent at least a somewhat dramatic shift in law enforcement's overall understanding of the case. >> within the last day or so, thro
in roger, a long-time nbc news terrorism analyst and, roger, what you're seeing unfolding. try to sort of bring viewers in. we're seeing they believe they know where one individual is. there is a concern, they locked down all of boston because they seem to have some vague concerns and not quite sharing with us what they are, vague concerns. walk us through what is going on. >> it's remarkable and surreal at the same time. what you're seeing is two things. the media pursuit of the second individual and then the broader concern that there may be one, if not more associated in one way, shape or form. we use the term abundance of caution and what law enforcement does and that's another, this is another example of that. but remarkable, as willie has said. remarkable the city of boston locked down the way it is. >> on one hand law enforcement pursuing this, the younger brother here. trying to make sure busten is sa safe. on the other hand, we know these two young men are. we know their nationalities and learning some things. what is the intel community doing and what kind of international he
's a day like nothing boston has ever experienced. nbc news correspondent kerry sanders was on the "today" show from watertown when police told him to take cover. >> the officer started to yell get down, get down. >> reporter: the uncle of the surviving brother pleaded with his nephew. >> i say if you are alive turn yourself in and ask for forgiveness for the victims and the injured. >> reporter: as dusk was falling tonight, another break in the manhunt. for the second night in a row a suburban boston neighborhood was on pins and needles, jarred by something that sure sounded like gunfire. after more than 24 hours of searching, police seem to finally have the remaining suspect in the marathon bombings cornered. police say a resident here in watertown called in to report blood in a backyard leading to a boat where police believe the suspect was hiding. as an ambulance left the area around 9:00 p.m. eastern time tonight. >> suspect is in custody. >> reporter: the crowd cheered. in the end it had come down to ordinary citizens rallying to help the authorities. the younger brother now in a bo
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